fifa logo.jpgZimbabwe and the rest of Africa expect South Africa to give support to other African countries to enable them to be used as camping and training grounds by teams which will participate in the FIFA World Cup that kicks off on the 11th of June.

 

Chances of Zimbabwe benefiting from spillover business during the FIFA World cup to be held in South Africa in June continue to fade as no World Cup participants have confirmed they will camp in the country.

 

In an interview Tourism and hospitality Industry Minister Engineer Walter Mzembi said the 2010 FIFA World Cup African Legacy programme which was established in November 2006 clearly spells out that the event’s objective is to ensure maximum and effective African participation at the World Cup, improving Africa’s global image and that the benefits were not supposed to be confined to the host country but to Africa as a whole.

 

He said it was also stated that South Africa will work with the African Union to establish a Pan-African country Level Support Team to support African countries and advise on how each can take advantage of the coming of the FIFA World Cup to Africa.

Engineer Mzembi however said the nation should not lose hope as to the benefits of the World cup as negotiations with teams is still continuing. He said despite small problems faced, the government of Zimbabwe will support South Africa to successfully host the World Cup.

 

Expectations where high across the business sector that the world cup was to bring good business with some projecting half a billion dollars in cash. This has seen some companies investing in lodges while other support services and departments like agriculture were ready and prepared to supply food products.